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Faulty Air Bag Software: 61,793 Land Rovers Recalled

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Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 61,793 Land Rovers because some of the passenger-side air bags don’t deploy due to faulty air bag software. The recall is expected to take place on April 17th and consumers can take their vehicles to their dealers for a free software update.

One of their company spokesmen has responded by saying ““Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out.”

This recall is the latest in a string of air bag recalls. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have all recalled vehicles earlier this year due to issues with air bags.

150,000 Mercedes-Benz Were Recently Recalled

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is currently handling 26 recall investigations that will affect nearly 150,000 2014 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The latest recall affects the E350 sedans from 2013 to 2015. The issue is a defective rubber seal that can stick to the hood of the car when the hood is opened and then fall into the engine bay once the hood has been closed. If this happens, the car may catch on fire if the seal touches the exhaust system.

If you are currently driving a Mercedes-Benz, then you may want to check with the NHTSA to see if your car has been recalled.

 

GM Recalls More than 80,000 Vehicles for Power Steering Problem

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GM Recall

GM is recalling vehicles due to problems that can cause sudden power steering failure. This expands a recall from March 2104 that affected 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.

The newly recalled models are the 2006-7:

• Chevrolet Malibu
• Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
• Pontiac G6

In the report posted on the NHTSA website GM says, a message will be displayed on the Driver Information Center and an alert will sound if power steering is lost. The driver will still be able to maintain control but it will require more effort at low speeds, which could result in an increased risk of a crash. To date, the problem has caused one crash but no injuries or deaths.

If you drive the above make of vehicles, check to see whether yours is covered by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and using the VIN checker.

Daycare Worker Arrested for Injuring Sleeping Child

Sandra Petrosky Cernoch, 54, was arrested by Rosenberg Police and charged with injury to a child, a third degree felony. The arrest comes after a parent contacted police about her 2-year old son being kicked while taking a nap on the floor. The alleged attack resulted in bruising.

If your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation. We can help protect your rights.

Honda Confirms Spring Man Died from Recalled Airbag

Honda has confirmed that Carlos Solis of Spring, TX lost his life due to a recalled airbag.

Carlos Solis’ airbag was deployed after a minor traffic accident two weeks ago. The accident caused the airbag inflator to be shattered. As a result, a piece of shrapnel lodged in Mr. Solis’ neck, causing his death.

The current owner purchased the vehicle on April 25, 2014, after the recall was initiated,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Honda North America. “And Honda had not yet sent mailed notification to the current owner at the time of the crash.”

To see if your car is part of the recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

If you or a loved one was injured due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact Mukerji Law for a free consultation today.

Two Children Were Injured in a Houston ISD School Bus Accident

Two Children Were Injured in a Houston ISD School Bus Accident

A Houston Independent School District bus collided with a car in northeast Houston on Tuesday morning. Thirteen children were heading to Booker T. Washington High School, when a car ran into the back of the school bus at the corner of Denmark and Lockwood. Two of the students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

No other details have been released.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, you need help. Let the professionals at Mukerji Law Firm help you. Call today for a free consultation, and ensure the rights of your student are protected.

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Girl Jumping on a Trampoline Crashes through a Window

A 10-year-old girl who was jumping on a trampoline at a gymnastics academy sustained several injuries after she went through a tampered glass window.

The accident happened in Antioch, California at a Halloween party at the Four Stars Gymnastics Academy. Kyla Graham was about the get off the trampoline, when one of her last bounces sent her in the wrong direction. She was launched though a nearby window and suffered deep gashes on her arms and legs. Kyla required over 100 stitches, and still has some glass in her hand and foot.

The Four Stars Gymnastics Academy has at least three large trampolines close to large windows.

If you or a family member has been injured in a trampoline accident, Mukerji Law Firm can help. Our expert attorneys focus on child injuries nationwide and will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Nielsen & Mukerji Wins a $1.3 Million Verdict for a Boy Injured in a Bounce House

Mukerji and Team Win a $1.3 Million Verdict for a Boy Injured in a Bounce House

A recent win by child injury attorney Sam K. Mukerji, who second-chaired the trial with his former law partner, is drawing attention from state and local news outlets in Houston. The trial covered an injury that happened in 2010, when a 9-year-old boy and his brother were playing on The Chaos, an inflatable bounce house at Pump It Up of The Woodlands. When the boy’s brother climbed off the equipment, the change in air pressure caused an imbalance and the boy fell 7 feet to the floor.

Results of the Fall

The fall caused him to hit his head on the concrete, resulting in a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain. He now stutters, suffers memory problems and other emotional challenges as a result of damage from the impact. His mother believed Pump It Up of The Woodlands should be held accountable for the lack of adequate security and monitoring in the area.

Negligence, No Supervision

Mukerji’s team successfully represented the family in the trial against PIU Holdings, LLC, parent company of Pump It Up of The Woodlands. They presented a premises liability case based on evidence that the area was an existing hazard that was not addressed by the corporation. The team argued that while the boys were in an area where they should not have been, the play center was negligent because no supervisor was present, and the barriers were inadequate. Following effective witness testimony, photos and video recordings, the court agreed that Pump It Up of The Woodlands was negligent and awarded $1,312,000 to the family.

A Long Road Ahead

The verdict doesn’t change the suffering experienced by the family, but it will help the family to provide their son with adequate care. Equally importantly, the verdict will send a message to other play centers to ensure the safety of their equipment and patrons.

Media Coverage

The results of this case and $1.3 million verdict for the family are being covered at length in the Houston media by Fox26 Houston and KHOU Houston Channel 11.

Video Transcript

Melinda: A jury has ordered Pump It Up of the Woodlands to pay a local family more than $1.3 million for an accident involving an inflatable structure.

Don: The Jury found the facility negligent in the injury a child sustained there three years ago. Fox 26’s Katie McCall is live in the newsroom with the mother’s reaction. Katie?

Katie: Don and Melinda, Pump It Up of the Woodlands is a popular destination for children’s birthday parties and other outings, but almost everyone has heard of these bouncy house facilities. Well, one Mother says her two children will never go to any place like that because of what happened to her son.

Kimberly: I don’t want to be an angry person but it is very, very difficult to see this every day.

Katie: Kimberly is angry at Pump It Up of the Woodlands because of an accident that happened three years ago, one that changed her then nine-year-old son’s life forever.

Kimberly: There’s no surgery, there is nothing that can go in and repair his brain.

Katie: The boy and his brother were on this object called the Chaos. This animated simulation used in court, shows what happened next. The boys were on a part of it that is not intended for climbing, when the boy’s younger brother jumped down, the older boy was thrown up and fell seven feet onto a concrete floor, cracking his skull.

Plaintiff’s Attorney: That pushed the air up in that single chamber and basically, propelled the older brother off onto his head, he received a skull fracture, and three brain bleeds.

Katie: A jury found Pump It Up of the Woodlands negligent.

Plaintiff’s Attorney: They should never have been allowed to climb up there, and if they were supervising properly, it never would have happened.

Katie: Texas law says there should be one employee monitoring children for each inflatable object, but when the fall occurred not a single monitor was in the room.

Plaintiff’s Attorney: The reason why they had zero monitors is there was a conscious choice on the part of one of the managers of Pump It Up of the Woodlands to have their one attendant go between two different rooms, and there were four inflatables in each room.

Katie: Kimberly’s son is now 13, and she says the former A and B student suffers from significant developmental delays.

Kimberley: He struggles, academically.

Katie: Doctors testified that he has lesions on three areas of the brain that control things like memory, language, and impulse, causing emotional and cognitive problems for which there are no simple solutions.

Kimberley: Emotionally he will have anger outbursts as well as just crying at school, at home. He went from having friends to not really having friends. His ability to make decisions has changed. He can’t really make good decisions on his own. He is very impulsive. We have sleep issues.

Katie: The family was awarded $1,312,000, money that will help with the boy’s needs, but Kimberly hopes it will also prevents this from ever happening to someone else’s child.

Kimberley: This is not acceptable. You shouldn’t go to an amusement inflatable place and have your life changed forever.

Katie: We contacted Pump It Up of the Woodlands for comment but we have not received a response from them yet. One important thing for parents to know that even if you sign a waiver for your child to enter a facility like Pump It Up, that waiver is not legally enforceable. That’s because in Texas you cannot legally waive any child’s right against injury, so in spite of that signature, you can still sue these facilities if they break the law and your child is hurt. Live in the newsroom Katie McCall, Fox 26 news.

 

Video Transcript

Narrator: At six now, a Houston family has been awarded more than a million dollars after their son was seriously injured at a popular indoor park. Our Lauren Tallerico talks with the mother and joins us now live from the newsroom with more on that story. Lauren?

Lauren: Well, Kimberly said that she thought her child would be safe playing at the Pump It Up on Sawdust Road, that’s just South of the Woodlands. It’s full of inflatables and other attractions that kids would love, but that wasn’t the case. Back in 2010, Kimberly’s then 9-year-old son was sitting on an inflatable that was seven feet up. That’s when he fell off and hit his head on the concrete floor below, only covered by a thin carpet. Now he fractured his skull, and had bleeding on the brain in three places.

According to the lawsuit, he was playing on a part he wasn’t supposed to be on, but no one told them that. And there was no safety monitor in the room with him at the time. Now Kimberly is speaking out because she has a message for other parents.

Kimberly: So we want the public to know so that businesses like this can be held accountable to the standards that Texas has put in place for them. There shouldn’t be any expectation of going to a place like this and having your life forever changed.

Lauren: This past Friday a jury found that Pump It Up was negligent. Kimberly was awarded $1.3 million in damages. In the newsroom Lauren Talerico, KHOU 11 News.

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Haunted House

Haunted House Accidents: They Happen More Often Than You Think

Haunted houses can be terrifying, but that’s why we love them. Us thrill-seekers and Halloween-lovers go to haunted houses just to have zombies jump out of dark corners and scare us. We don’t mind being afraid in a haunted house because the fear is superficial and will pass. But when an accident occurs, the terror becomes real.

In a house with all the lights dimmed, people jumping out of the shadows, and screams filling the air, it seems that there might be a million ways someone can get injured. What is important to know, however, is that many times the people who get injured at haunted houses are the employees. As you prepare to go to haunted houses this season, here are a few haunted house injuries to keep in mind:

Common Haunted House Injuries to Customers

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls – This one is really not surprising at all. Walking into a dark house after being in the sunlight can be very disorienting. If there are any loose cables, bumps in rugs, or debris lying around, a person can easily trip and fall.
  • Scaring Gone Wrong – It’s a haunted house employee’s job to frighten you, but that doesn’t mean it always works. It’s rare, but sometimes, haunted house actors will take the role too far and break guidelines in trying to scare you. This can result in a haunted house actor actually grabbing or pulling on a customer, which of course can lead to injury.
  • Carbon Monoxide – Many haunted houses set the mood with artificial fog, which is created by pumping chemicals into the air. Without proper ventilation, this has been known to lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Impatient Moving Trams – Some haunted houses use trams to move customers through the haunted house. If not timed right, the tram only stops for a few seconds to let a customer in. There have been known incidents where a customer is not quick enough to get into the tram, and ends up being knocked to the ground by the sudden jolt of motion.
  • Exposed Protrusions – If an attraction is moved and screws or other exposed protrusions are left behind, it can cause lacerations or bruises to visitors that don’t see them while walking through the dark house. These sharp protrusions can also come from mannequins or broken guardrails.
  • Falling Props – Props that are moved or knocked often can become unstable and fall on visitors, some of which are small children that are only half the size of the prop.
  • Trampling – In a haunted house, people are known to be both excited and terrified. If one of the attractions frightens a whole group of people, they might decide to run away all at once and trample on other visitors. A terrified might fall backwards over a rail or out the window. These instances are infrequent, but they do happen.

Common Haunted House Injuries to Employees

  • Haunted House Throat – The condition “haunted house throat” is known to happen after excessive screaming and howling. It leads to a sore throat and hoarse or lost voice. Though common, the condition is easily treatable.
  • Cleaver Elbow – This condition is very similar to “tennis elbow,” in that it comes from raising the arms too many times. Haunted house employees will raise their arms to scare customers, and after doing this a lot, it can lead to muscle soreness that leads to pretty severe elbow pain.
  • Spooked Customers – Believe it or not, haunted house visitors are the performers’ greatest threat. Panicked patrons have been known to respond physically to being scared, lashing out and causing broken noses, bite marks, bruises and other bodily trauma to the employees.
  • Freak Accidents – It’s rare, but freak accidents have been known to occur to employees. For example, an employee looking to scare customers with a noose might slip and fall and actually end up hanging from the noose. This can be especially dangerous, as these employees might be overlooked and viewed as props.

Going to a Haunted House

There is much madness going on when you enter a haunted house. While the haunted house does have a duty of care to its visitors, it is important for customers to be aware of the harm they can cause out of fear.

If you’re headed to a haunted house, make sure to be aware of your surroundings as an attempt to avoid injury. However, when negligence is involved, injury may be unavoidable. If this is the case, then you should hire a personal injury attorney. Doing so will help to cover your medical expenses.

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Two Children Were Injured in a Bounce House Flies Over 50 Feet

Two Children Were Injured in a Bounce House Flies Over 50 Feet

Two toddlers were injured after climbing into a bounce house that was not properly secured before a gust of wind blew it 50 to 60 feet. The incident happened at Sullivan Farm in Nashua, New Hampshire early Sunday afternoon. The first child, a 2-year-old boy, was critically injured and flown to Tuft’s Medical in Boston. The second boy injured is a 3-year-old. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and is expected to be OK.

Gary Bergeron, a co-farmer at Sullivan Farm, stated that the bounce house had been purchased a few days earlier with no stakes and was set up to dry out from the previous week’s rain. According to Bergeron, he blocked the ride off with a few hay bales. However, Ron Perry, the father of one of the boys, asked a farm volunteer how much the bounce house was, and the volunteer said that it was open and free of charge. There were no signs indicating that it was closed.

If you or a loved one were injured in a bounce house, Mukerji Law Firm can help. Our experts focus on child injuries, and we will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Call today for a free consultation today.

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